Rough night for Canadians at NWA 53rd
It wasn't the best of nights last night in St. Petersburg, Florida
for the Canadians on the NWA 53rd Anniversary show at the Wrestleplex.
Though the vacant NWA Canadian title was captured by former champ EZ
Ryder from the Winnipeg-based CWF promotion, another Winnipeg boy, Steve
Corino, wasn't as successful.
Corino defended his NWA World title against Shinya Hashimoto from the
Japanese Zero-One promotion in a match that seemed very much in doubt
over the past few weeks. For one, Corino has announced that he plans to
get out of the wrestling business by the end of the year. Hashimoto's
trip to Florida was in doubt, and even cancelled at one point, because
of the anthrax scare in the state.
Though the match did come off, the ending of the bout certainly didn't
finalize things. After a little over 10 minutes, referee Fred Richards
stopped the match, awarding the coveted title to Hashimoto. Corino had
been on the receving end of a brutal beating, with many stiff kicks to
the face. Newly-elected NWA president Jim Miller stepped up later and
said that the title was being held up.
The NWA Canadian title match had a much easier to understand finale. EZ
Ryder took the vacant title from ECCW-vet Juggernaut after about five
minutes. After dominating the match, Jugg fell victim to Ryder's use of
Another Canadian on the show was Spyder from CWF-NWA, who entered as NWA
North American champ, but didn't exit with the title. He lost the title
to Quinn Magnum of NWA East.
Christopher Daniels, a regular in ECCW-NWA, had the match of the night,
losing to A. J. Styles.
The main event of the four-hour-plus show was a War Games match between
Team NWA Florida -- Chris Nelson & Vito DeNucci & Lex Lovett & Rod Steel
& Buck Q with Howard Brody and Team IPW
-- Scoot Andrews & Todd Shane & Mike Shane & Mike Sullivan & Chaos & Jet
Jaguar with Ron Niemi. Like the NWA title match, it also ended in a no
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